The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is in a deal with ACT to design a Program for International Student Assessment test that would assess student creativity. If adopted, the exam could be administered as soon as 2021 across the world and would include sections on written and visual expression as well as social and scientific problems.
Educators should not shy away from addressing race and racism, National Board Certified Teacher Leah Wilson asserts in a response to a question posed in this blog post. Wilson shares that it has been her practice to have open conversations with students, including about racist language in novels.
Black students and students with disabilities in California are losing more instructional days to suspensions, according to a study by researchers at the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the University of California at Los Angeles. They looked at data about suspensions in California and found that the rate of lost time for black seventh- and eighth-graders during the 2016-17 school year was 76 days of school for every 100 students -- compared with 19 days among white students.
Texas school Superintendent Lynn Redden is under review by the school board over a post he made on Facebook about black quarterbacks. Redden says he regrets his comment about Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson -- that "you can't count on a black quarterback."
The University of Pennsylvania next fall will become the first Ivy League school to offer online bachelor degree courses aimed at adult learners. Students will be able to earn a bachelor of applied arts and sciences and some on-campus work will be required, says Nora Lewis, vice dean of professional and liberal education.
Teachers at a Massachusetts school are working to encourage students to read by asking businesses to supply books, snacks and amenities for an off-campus literacy retreat. Students will spent four sessions at the retreat doing independent reading time of selected books and related literacy activities from read-alouds to writing in journals.
Teachers are being offered free access to two mobile apps -- DBQuest and Case Maker -- that provide resources for lessons about government and civics, thanks to a collaboration with and a grant from the Library of Congress. DBQuest offers primary-source documents and evidence-based learning resources, while Case Maker allows teachers to personalize inquiry-based learning challenges to suit students' needs.
Engineering teacher Brian Copes has turned a biomedical unit into a long-lasting humanitarian engineering project for students at his Alabama high school. Working with a village in Honduras, Copes and his students have repurposed automotive parts into prostheses, built utility vehicles and created solar panels for a school.
Communication with parents is a key component of any school technology rollout, asserts Mike Daugherty, director of technology and information systems at Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools in Ohio -- one of the 12 original Google Reference districts. In this commentary, he shares several strategies his district used to engage and educate parents about the shift, including a newsletter, emails and events.
A middle-school principal in Colorado credits part of the school's academic improvements to increased enrollment in its music program. Principal Nicole Petersen says that even students who begin their classes with no musical experience can see improvement if they work hard and that helps them build confidence.
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